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Florence welcomes US educator fired for showing students naked “David”

Rome, Apr 29 (EFE).- The Italian city of Florence rolled out the red carpet Saturday for a school principal from the United States who was fired for showing students images of Michelangelo’s “David.”

Hope Carrasquilla, who last month lost her job at Tallahassee Classical School in Florida, received an award from Mayor Dario Nardella in a ceremony at city hall.

The former principal was fired after several parents complained about their children’s being exposed to what some described as “pornographic” images of the naked “David” during a lesson on Renaissance art.

Carrasquilla and several members of her family saw the statue of the biblical David, which stands 5.17 m (17 ft) tall, in person at Florence’s Galleria dell’Accademia on Friday, where director Cecilie Hollberg took them on a guided tour.

After Saturday’s presentation, Nardella and Carrasquilla appeared on the city hall balcony, which overlooks a scale replica of Michelangelo’s masterpiece.

“A few weeks ago she was attacked for showing her students Michelangelo’s David. Today she receives from @comunefi an award in the name of art and culture. Art is civilization and whoever teaches it deserves respect. Welcome Professor Hope Carrasquilla!,” the mayor tweeted later. EFE gsm/dr

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